According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres “welcomes that the Gambia will remain a State Party to the International Criminal Court’s founding instrument” and “remains confident that States Parties will continue to further strengthen the Court through a constructive dialogue,” the statement added.
The notification concerning the rescission of withdrawal was delivered to the UN chief on 10 February.
The Gambia had formally notified the UN chief, who is the depository of the Rome Statute of the ICC, of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute in November last year – a decision which the Secretary-General deeply regretted, noted the statement.
The statement further noted that over the past two decades, the world has made decisive strides towards building a truly global system of international criminal justice, with the ICC as its centrepiece. (@OnuItalia)